Sony Music Entertainment recently announced the promotion of Sylvia Rhone to CEO of Epic Records. In this role, Rhône will report to Rob Stringer, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment. She will lead the overall creative direction and management of Epic Records, overseeing a list of chart-topping artists including Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, 21 Savage, Meghan Trainor, DJ Khaled and French Montana.
In making the announcement, Stringer said, “Sylvia is a pioneering and iconic leader who has played a critical leadership role in Epic’s recent success in artist development. His wealth of experience and passionate support for the artistic vision will help us further develop the reach of Epic’s roster around the world. “
“I am delighted to continue my incredible journey at Epic Records, supported by the vision and leadership of Rob Stringer,” said Rhone. “Everything we do is a testament to our incredible artists who have set the bar for all of Epic culture, inspiring our dedicated management team every day and enriching the legacy of this great label.”
Prior to this appointment, Rhone had served as President of Epic Records since 2014, where she guided the release of a number of big hits including: Travis Scott’s acclaimed 2018 album. Astromondewho maintained a Top Ten position on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 29 consecutive weeks; Camila Cabello’s debut album Camilaand the single “Havana”, which was recently named the biggest single of 2018 by the IFPI; a series of number one albums from Future, including the one of 2019 Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd; and a pair of successful 21 Savage albums, including 2018 I am> I was, which debuted at No. 1 in the United States. She has also supervised a wide range of developing artists.
Rhône’s career in the music industry spans more than four decades. Prior to Sony Music, she helped guide an award-winning roster at Universal Music Group for eight years, where she served as President of Universal Motown Records and Executive Vice President of Universal Records from 2004.
From 1994 to 2004, Rhône was Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group’s Elektra Entertainment, the first African-American woman to be appointed president of a major record company, guiding the careers of a diverse repertoire of artists. including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Metallica, Staind, Third Eye Blind, Tracy Chapman, Natalie Merchant, Gerald Levert, Yolanda Adams, Phish, Jason Mraz and others. Prior to joining Elektra, she held various management positions at WMG, ABC Records and Ariola Records. She started her career with Buddah Records in 1974.
Rhône graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music on April 5, 2019, in recognition of her professional accomplishments as a prominent music executive who has achieved label chief status on several occasions, and for her influence on the music industry through it. direction.
Included annually in the entertainment industry executive power rankings of The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly, Rhone was the first woman to receive the Music Business’s Association Presidential Award for her sustained achievement. She also received the Black Women in Music Trailblazer Award from Essence and the 2011 Keepers of the Dream Award.